Information hunter supreme

Either I’m a slow-whit and a retard, or Alexandra is an information-search genius. She finds in minutes what takes me hours to locate. Examples of she has found for me or my clients:

  • Stories of undocumented locations. The most recent one was an airplane graveyard.  We showed up there and found a real airport complete with a real military jet plane that gave a ride to my clients, British movie makers from Discovery.  more →

Alla the environmental law expert

Presenting Alla Dudnikova, a lawyer specializing in clumsy and convoluted Russian environmental law, and even more involved and incomprehensible practice.

She also regularly handles divorce cases. Divorced me fairly painlessly.

A naturally helpful person who will baby anyone under her care. Not the sort of a lawyer who will want an upfront fee per word uttered.

Lots of connections in all areas of life but especially in art, travel, medicine, and aviation.

An asset to Russian bride seekers too, and has infinite patience assisting this type of traveller. Several times I asked Alla to pass around profiles of my clients, organize meetings in a form that does not put anyone on the spot, or provide character assessments. Not that it helped any but that’s just the nature of the Russian bride undertaking.

An avid traveller. Talk to her if you want to integrate into local life by participating in hiking, biking, canoeing, or horse riding in Russia.

Very passable English, and I can always step in if required.

Write to the webmaster with a note “For Alla”. She responds fast and usually to the point.

Criminal lawyer

nargisNargis, a criminal lawyer but I take most of my – so far minor – legal questions to her and invariably get a sensible answer or specific help, usually in the form of guidance in writing effective letters.

I would also like to remark on her courage. I’ve seen her walking up to an agitated  and possibly armed man with several Baltica No. 9 cans – vile stuff – in his belly to reason some sense into him. And she did.

She started back in the Soviet days as an idealistically-motivated criminal investigator. Specialized in cases involving dead often mutilated bodies. About 10 years ago switched into law.

Highly mobile. Guess she has to be given that her clients tend to be in pre-court confinement all over central Russia. Drivers like a maniac though.

Speak German. I can always relay messages and translate on the fly.

 

Two free guides

A 13 year old but extremely manure boy, and a 16 year old girl, both with very passable English, are available, school schedule and other obligations permitting, as guides. Helping you to find places in Moscow, learning to use public transit, buying tickets and such are very well within their competence.

YOU MUST BE IN POSSESSION OF DEVELOPED ENGLISH, AND ABLE TO TRANSMIT IT TO OTHERS IN CASUAL NON-SCHOOL FORMAT.

Write to moscowdrivers@yandex.ru, ask about Greg or Sonie.

Rate guide

Let me orient both clients and service providers (drivers) about common, acceptable, and “appropriate” rates. Note that this is a guide only. For specific rates see descriptions of individual drivers.

The range of hourly rates

  • $17-20 minimal for city driving, without long trips. At this rate you’ll get a driver who at best will understand basic English. No, he can’t be expected to translate, help you with keeping track of meetings, do information searches etc. Just “dumb driver”. Drivers of this category will often ask for $30-35/hour but will usually agree to $20-25.
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Seven-passenger station wagon, excellent English

From my mailbox

Recently I’ve started searching part-time English speaking driver job in Moscow and come upon your website. I would like to join your list of English speaking drivers in Moscow and start with airport pickups and drop-offs for English speaking foreigners in Moscow. I am 31, have 2 university diplomas, good command of English, speak German a little bit, own Opel Zafira manufactured in 2004, with automatic climate control, which can take aboard up to 6 passengers (however almost without luggage) or up to 4 passengers with lots of luggage. I am available only beyond the office hours as I have a full-time job. My rates would be as follows: more →

The famous Winston Wu’s overview of typical scam and crimes against foreigners

Rediscovered while sifting through old moscowdrivers.net pages:

http://moscowdrivers.net/winston.htm

Please remember that the stories are from the 90s. Now, in 2013, crime against foreigners is not quite as common as back them.

It turned out that Winston’s www.happierabroad.com is still alive and active. Recommended to travellers to Russia. Especially to Russian wife seekers.

Positivity supreme

INACTIVE

No driver in the history of this project gathered so much positive feedback. The most common adjective clients used to tell me about Slava was “friendly”. Naturally he quickly got himself a real job. Same with another character with a smile. What’s his name.. um.. Osama. I should learn to fake one too…  As a lesson to others I’ll keep Slava’s description. See below. BUT TRYING TO CONTACT HIM IS NO USE. SEE OTHERS IN THE FRIENDLY CATEGORY.

OR, FOR A SMALL EXTRA FEE, I’LL HIDE AWAY MY GROUCHY ATTITUDE FOR UP TO TWO HOURS! OF ACTIVE DRIVERS DIMA FROM STARITSA STILL QUALIFIES AS FRIENDLY ALTHOUGH, IF THE TREND CONTINUES, HE TOO WILL TURN INTO AN OLD GROUCH.  more →